The celebrated endurance race that is the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, held for the greatest GT cars in the world, has been won by STILO driver Dries Vanthoor (accompanied by Frijns and Leonard) driving their Audi WRT Sport Team car.
The 12 hour held on the spectacular Australian circuit concluded in dramatic circumstances. Just half an hour from the finish, Vanthoor’s team was in the lead of the race, however there remained a question mark over whether they had the fuel to get to the chequered flag.
With 20 minutes remaining, the race ending drama unfolded; a violent crash saw the race neutralized handing the win to Dries and his team mates. At the 12 hour mark, with the race completed, the Audi of Dries had won, just ahead of the Mercedes AMG GT3 and another STILO driver in Raffaele Marciello. The podium filled with two leading STILO drivers, Laurent Vanthoor (Dries’ brother) and Earl Bamber in a Porsche 911 GT3 R and in fourth position was Romain Dumas (driving with F Makowiecki and D Werner) also in a Porsche 911.
Dries Vanthoor: “I think Jamie and me was fuel saving a lot,” he said.
I had a gap to him for about 3 or 4 seconds and I was trying to keep it. I was pushing but still I was trying to save as much fuel as I could, but I don’t think we would have made it if it was full out green, so we were hoping for a safety car.
Eventually the safety car came as it was unfortunately a big crash but it was alright. But I mean we are really happy. We didn’t expect it in the start, as we had all issues at the start, during the weekend as well.
First four hours we didn’t have a radio, so we were struggling to communicate with the team, but from half way to the end, everything went quite smoothly and we slowly came back.
Co-driver Vanthoor says the win was a ‘good present’ for the team and its efforts to get ‘Down Under’ and participate in the Bathurst 12 Hour.”
Photo by: Blancpain GT Series official